18 NIGHT Far East CRUISE
Thu Mar 20th 2025
Onboard Queen Elizabeth
Itinerary Summary
Hong Kong/CHINA, Manila/PHILIPPINES, Hualien/TAIWAN, Taipei/TAIWAN, Kagoshima/JAPAN, Tokyo/JAPAN, Aomori/JAPAN, Sakaiminato/JAPAN, Kyongju/S. KOREA, Nagasaki/JAPAN, Shimizu/JAPAN, Tokyo/JAPAN
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Itinerary

Day 1 : Hong Kong/CHINA

-- - 8:00 PM

Hong Kong is the cosmopolitan hub of the Far East. This former British colony reverted to Chinese control in 1997, yet the culture-rich atmosphere remains. See the Wong Tai Sin Temple, tour local markets and the floating village of Aberdeen. Take the Tram to the top of Victoria Peak for one of the world''s most exciting views, or cross the harbor aboard one of the famous Star Ferries. After shopping and exploring, enjoy high tea at the favored retreat of many world travelers-the Peninsula Hotel.

Day 2 : At Sea

Day 3 : Manila/PHILIPPINES

8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Bustling Manila is the second largest city in Southeast Asia, with its towering skyscrapers and remarkable joie de vivre. Yet amid the big-city turmoil are oases of calm: lush tropical parks, magnificent cathedrals, dramatic Spanish forts. Choose from the cultural riches of the Metropolitan Museum and the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Intramuros, Manila's famous walled city, was founded by the Spanish in the 16th century. A "must see" is the Malacanang Palace with its opulent displays of Ferdinand and Imelda's decadent indulgences.

Day 4 : At Sea

Day 5 : At Sea

Day 6 : Taipei/TAIWAN

7:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Across the Formosa Strait from mainland China is the bustling port of Keelung, on the island of Taiwan. Just 20 miles inland is Taipei, the national capital, one of the most prosperous cities in Asia. Marvel at the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, the Grand Hotel, and the National Palace Museum, with its art treasures from Beijing''s Forbidden City.

Day 7 : At Sea

Day 8 : Kagoshima/JAPAN

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

This large city is an excursion base from which to explore the dramatic coastlines, national parks and volcanic mountains of Kyushu, Japan's third largest island. Mount Sakurajima, an active volcano, can be reached by ferry. To the north, Kirishima-Yaku National Park is a scenic area of smoking volcanoes, craters and lakes. South of the city, Ibusuki, the island's most popular seaside resort, welcomes kimono-clad bathers to its sandy beaches and warm, underwater springs.

Day 9 : At Sea

Day 10 : Tokyo/JAPAN

6:30 AM - 7:00 PM

Day 11 : At Sea

Day 12 : Aomori/JAPAN

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Day 13 : At Sea

Day 14 : Sakaiminato/JAPAN

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Day 15 : Kyongju/S. KOREA

7:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Korea''s "museum without walls" is akin only to China in its depth and cultural wonder. From Pusan, you can journey to the ancient Silla capital of Kyongju, a dynasty which reigned in Korea for almost a thousand years. Today this small provincial town is virtually a museum without walls, dotted with many splendid ruins. Nearby, the forested mountains and valleys shelter hundreds of beautiful Buddhist shrines including the renowned Sokkuram Grotto, and Tongdosa and Pulguksa Temples. Pusan is also a shopper''s mecca and Korea''s vital southern link to Japanese and American trade.

Day 16 : Nagasaki/JAPAN

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

One of Japan's most historic cities, Nagasaki was a major port, trading with the Portuguese and Dutch in the 16th century. You can still see this colonial legacy in the brick buildings, old forts, canals and curving cobblestone streets. On a hill overlooking the bay, beautiful Glover Mansion, the setting of Madame Butterfly, is typical of the fine homes built by wealthy foreign residents. But Nagasaki's ties with Korea and China are equally apparent in the famous Chinese temple, a large Chinese colony and the numerous fine Korean and Chinese restaurants.

Day 17 : At Sea

Day 18 : Shimizu/JAPAN

7:45 AM - 8:00 PM

Day 19 : Tokyo/JAPAN

6:30 AM - --

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